Colorado Springs Criminal Law Blog

Why & How Criminal Cases Get Dismissed

Why & How Criminal Cases Get Dismissed The dismissal of a criminal case is the ideal outcome for anyone facing charges. It immediately ends the possibility of a stressful trial. It can also leave the option of a future expungement on the table. Like any strong defense, however, dismissals don’t come out of thin air. And prosecutors won’t automatically dismiss criminal charges and cases without: Sufficient doubt about their chances of securing a conviction at trial Subjective and objective reasons that make a dismissal stand out as serving the best interests of justice That’s where [...]

Inexperience & Poor Training of Budtender Used in Fatal Crash Defense

Inexperience & Poor Training of Budtender Used in Fatal Crash Defense It appears a San Diego woman accused of vehicular manslaughter following a crash after smoking marijuana is using the defense that the dispensary budtenders where she bought the product were poorly trained and inexperienced about conveying the dangers of it. The 33-year-old San Diego student who was catastrophically impaired by the crash she allegedly caused, is being charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, murder, and driving while under the influence of drugs (DUID). “She had no idea what she left that store with [...]

Ways to Spot Domestic Violence

Ways to Spot Domestic Violence It doesn’t matter how old you are. Your race, gender, religion, and sexual orientation are irrelevant. It doesn’t matter what your relationship status is, whether you’re dating, living together or married. Your educational, financial, and social status make no difference—anyone can be a victim of domestic violence or even a perpetrator. What Is Domestic Violence? Domestic violence usually starts as psychological or emotional abuse carried out by someone trying to assert dominance or take control in a relationship. This abuse often evolves into physical violence. When it does, it’s officially [...]

When your Colorado college experience includes drug problems

When your Colorado college experience includes drug problems If you were to say that partying is sometimes part of your college life, you definitely wouldn't be the only student to admit this. In fact, some people say partying is merely a typical aspect of college life in Colorado and most other states. If you are age 21 or beyond, then imbibing alcohol, for instance, is not necessarily against school rules or state laws. If you happen to live on a dry campus, it can definitely cause a problem. Approximately 30 percent of U.S. college students say [...]

The fine line between rowdiness and a disorderly conduct charge

The fine line between rowdiness and a disorderly conduct charge Do you enjoy getting together with friends in Colorado and having a few cold beers or other libations on a summer's night? If so, it's safe to assume many other readers share your interests. Whether you meet up at your favorite local restaurant or attend a sporting event or concert together, it may be just what you need to get a little rest and relaxation after a hard week's work. You probably noticed that hanging out with your peers helps you loosen up and forget [...]

3 strikes, you’re out: Felony DUI in Colorado

3 strikes, you’re out: Felony DUI in Colorado On behalf of Anaya-McKedy, P.C. posted in DUI on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Each year, Colorado law enforcement arrests thousands of motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol. Until recently, you could be arrested innumerable times, and each arrest would be a misdemeanor. However, frustrated by the number of repeat offenders and the rising number of DUI accidents, lawmakers passed a bill in 2015 establishing a driver's fourth offense as a felony. Now facing a felony DUI charge, you risk much harsher penalties and more serious overall consequences, although the new [...]

Consequences of being caught with weed underage

Consequences of being caught with weed underage Colorado is the proud home of many prestigious and popular institutions of higher education, with thousands of young people from the area and out of state. With the marijuana laws recently changing, many young people are unclear about what happens when you're caught driving while high or smoking weed under the age of 21. What can happen if an underage student is convicted of a marijuana crime, especially if they depend on student loans? What the law says SB14-129 states that anyone under the age of 21 who [...]

Driving while high: Why Coloradans are being falsely accused

Driving while high: Why Coloradans are being falsely accused Since the legalization of recreational marijuana use Colorado, law enforcement officials have cracked down on people allegedly driving under the influence of the drug. Unfortunately, crackdowns involve testing for THC in the blood. What does this mean for drivers? It means that you can be arrested and charged with driving while under the influence of marijuana--even if you are not impaired. A conviction of a marijuana DUI charge can result in penalties similar to those that are assessed due to an alcohol DUI conviction. They can [...]

Jay Z got it wrong: Why taking advice from the rapper could give you 99 Problems

Jay Z got it wrong: Why taking advice from the rapper could give you 99 Problems When Jay Z released The Black Album in 2004, the single "99 Problems" became one of the most talked about songs of the decade. An entire generation grew up knowing all the words and singing along: "Well, my glove compartment is locked, so is the trunk and the back / And I know my rights so you go'n need a warrant for that." Unfortunately for anyone who is planning to follow Jay Z's legal advice at their next traffic [...]

Civilian Court For Military Personnel Charged With DUI

Civilian Court For Military Personnel Charged With DUI Fort Carson Army Base. Air Force Acadamy. NORAD. Peterson Airforce Base. The Colorado Springs metropolitan area has one of the largest concentrations of U.S. military personnel in the continental United States. Service members stationed at the installations must interact with local civilian laws and law enforcement on a daily basis. This blog discusses how community law enforcement and the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) interact when an active duty service member is charged with DUI during off-duty hours in the community. Local Police Or MPs? Upon arrest, the local [...]

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